Football: Cameroonian goalkeeper André Onana returns to the national team 9 months after his exclusion

While he had announced his international retirement after his exclusion in the middle of the 2022 World Cup, goalkeeper André Onana was summoned by coach Rigobert Song. A weight reinforcement before the last day of the qualifiers of the Can 2024.

Goalkeeper André Onana with Rigobert Song, the coach of Cameroon. November 27, 2022. AFP - ISSOUF SANOGO

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Was it the pressure before a decisive final day that tipped the scales? In any case, the match against Burundi, counting for the sixth and last day of the CAN 2024 qualifiers, is probably an opportunity to declare the sacred union around the Cameroonian selection.

For this meeting, the Indomitable Lions have the obligation to beat the Swallows to be sure not to miss the CAN for the first time since 2013. André Onana was recalled by Rigobert Song almost a year after being excluded from the team in the middle of the World Cup and eight months after the current Manchester United goalkeeper decided to retire from international football.

His return had been buzzing for a few days, fueled by many rumors, press articles and some mediations from former Indomitables like Roger Milla. The 27-year-old goalkeeper returns through the front door and should resume his status as a starter, especially since Devis Eapassy has not been sovereign during his interim.

The Indomitables who remain on two counter-performances in the qualifiers against Namibia (1-1-; 1-2) will need the talent and experience of André Onana to avoid disillusionment on September 12 in Garoua.

The other surprise on Rigorbert Song's list is the presence of Régis Mughe, the young Cameroonian striker from OM called up for the first time with the Indomitable Lions.

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